MACEDONIA -- Mansfield Senior plays for all the Division III marbles in Canton next Friday at 3 p.m. at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Tygers (13-1) knocked off Aurora (13-1) 27-21 in double overtime on Friday night at Macedonia Nordonia's Boliantz Stadium, scoring the winning TD on a 5-yard pass from senior Cam Todd to senior Angelo Grose.
Aurora got the ball first in the second OT, but Grose picked off a pass to stop the possession.
Mansfield Senior coach Chioke Bradley said afterward the word that came to his mind was resiliency. His team will be the first in Richland County history to play for a state title on the field. The Tygers did claim the 1949 International News Service state championship, a poll title.
"Our guys showed an unbelievable amount of resiliency tonight. They responded to a ton of adversity, showed some unbelievable character ... I am so proud of them," said Bradley, who played on the first Tyger team to reach the postseason in 1993. "I take my hat off to all those kids. They laid it on the line for their city. I love my city. I love my school. More importantly, I love those kids over there.
"The Tygers got the juice!"
It's the second straight overtime playoff win for the Tygers. Mansfield Senior beat Sandusky 15-9 in overtime last Friday in a regional title game at Clyde.
Mansfield Senior had the ball first in the initial overtime and scored on a 3-yard run by Terrance Flickinger. The Tygers added the PAT and led 21-14.
On its possession, Aurora scored on a 10-yard run and added the PAT to tie the game at 21. Aurora had scored on a 35-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 14-14, and seemed to have momentum as well as yardage and time of possession advantages.
Mansfield Senior QB Cam Todd scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to put the Tygers ahead 14-7, at the half. Neither team scored in the third quarter.
Angelo Grose scored on an 11-yard run in the first period to give ninth-ranked Mansfield Senior (13-1) a 7-0 lead. But the third-ranked Greenman (13-1) struck back with a 66-yard scoring pass to tie the game at 7-7.
The Mansfield Senior defense had a goal-line stand at the end of the second quarter, keeping Aurora out of the end zone on a gallant stop at the 2, foiling an attempted fake field goal attempt.
The Tygers will take on Trotwood-Madison (11-3) in the state championship game. The Rams knocked off top-ranked Columbus Bishop Hartley 24-19 on Friday night.
It will be the third trip to the championship in the last four years for Trotwood-Madison. The Rams won the Division III state title in 2017, posting a 15-0 record. Trotwood-Madison reached the finals in 2016, losing to Akron Hoban in the title game.
(Richland Source will be updating this story later.)